Greece's 'invisible negotiator' may assuage bailout fears in election run-up


ATHENS - The appointment of Greek bailout negotiator George Chouliarakis to be finance minister in a caretaker government may help assuage some fears that Greece's bailout programme could go off track while it prepares for elections.


Firebrand Greek leftist backs new anti-bailout party 31 Aug 2015

ATHENS - Greece's firebrand former parliament speaker on Monday threw her weight behind an anti-bailout party recently founded by rebels from the leftist Syriza to contest a snap election in September.


EU says it may offer Hungary more help with migrants 31 Aug 2015

CALAIS, France - The European Union could soon fund and set up new reception facilities for asylum-seekers in Hungary as it is already doing in Italy and Greece, its migration commissioner said on Monday.


Greek coastguard rescues 2,500 migrants over three days 31 Aug 2015

ATHENS - Greece's coastguard has rescued about 2,500 migrants and refugees off the country's eastern islands over the past three days, authorities said on Monday, as the flow of people trying to cross into Europe continued unabated.


Analysis - Refugee crisis suddenly Merkel's biggest challenge 31 Aug 2015

BERLIN - Returning from her summer break in mid-August, German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised some eyebrows by describing Europe's refugee problem as a bigger challenge than the Greece crisis, which had overshadowed all else in the first half of 2015.


Greek leftists say they would apply bailout but fight to ease pain 30 Aug 2015

ATHENS - The leftist Syriza party of former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will challenge Greece's creditors on unresolved aspects of the nation's bailout but implement unpopular reforms it has already agreed, it said on Sunday.


Poll lead for Greece's Syriza narrows as Tsipras presses for new mandate 29 Aug 2015

ATHENS - Former Greek premier Alexis Tsipras urged supporters on Saturday to give him a fresh mandate to complete the country's political transformation, as polls showed his leftist Syriza party's lead slipping ahead of elections next month.

Greek opinion polls show Syriza leads but by narrow margin 29 Aug 2015

ATHENS - Former Greek premier Alexis Tsipras's leftwing Syriza party is leading the conservative opposition by a narrow margin ahead of next month's snap election, two surveys showed on Saturday, suggesting momentum may be shifting towards the opposition.


IMF's Lagarde says restructuring should suffice for Greek debt 29 Aug 2015

ZURICH - A form of debt restructuring rather than outright forgiveness should enable Greece to handle its "unviable" debt burden, the head of the International Monetary Fund was quoted as telling a Swiss newspaper.


Greece's Syriza to win election but face setback, polls show 28 Aug 2015

ATHENS - Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist Syriza will emerge as the biggest party in next month's election but without the majority it was hoping for, the first opinion polls since he resigned last week showed on Friday. | Video